Fulfilling an aspiration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to run high speed trains, Rail Coach Factory (RCF) has recently handed over the first rake of 17 high speed coaches to the northern railway authorities.
The high speed coaches will have capability to run at a speed of 160 km per hour.
A budget of `100 crore has been allotted for the purpose by former railway minister DV Sadananda Gowda while reading out his rail budget, while a single coach cost around `2.5 crore to the RCF.
As per information, these coaches are of similar generation as of the earlier coaches, but some technological modifications have been made to make them run at the speed of 160 km per hour.
To make journey comfortable, the RCF has applied strong sound insulation system in the coaches that will not allow outside noise to enter the coaches.
These coaches will have a public information system (PIS) that will provide audio and visual general information about present and next railway stations, train speed and estimated time to reach the next station to the passengers. It will also have a train detection system using which people using global positioning system (GPS) can track the location of the train.
The coaches will have automatic compartment sliding doors; now, the passengers need not to open the door manually, but it will open automatically with the help of sensors.
In the beginning, the high speed train — country’s fastest train — is expected to run between Delhi and Agra, which will take one and a half hour to complete its journey.
At present, the fastest train is Shatabdi Express, which running at a maximum speed of 150 km per hour takes more than two hours to reach Agra from Delhi.
Varinder Kumar Vig, RCF public relation officer (PRO), said the RCF had handed over 17 coaches, including two generation power cars, three executive chair cars and 12 AC chair cars, to the northern railway authorities.
“Now it’s up to them to make these high-speed trains functional for the public,” he said.
Features of high speed coaches
Cost of a single coach around Rs 2.5 crore Runs at a speed of 160 km per hour ( the fastest in India)
Comes with strong sound insulation system
PIS to provide audio-visual general information to passengers
Laced with a train detection system
To have automatic compartment sliding doors
Expected to run between Delhi and Agra, at first
Reaches Agra from Delhi in 1.30 hour
At present, Shatabdi Express is the fastest train that takes over 2 hours to reach Agra from Delhi.